Was the Truck Driver Drunk or on Drugs?
A 40-ton tractor-trailer is dangerous enough with a sober driver behind the wheel. A trucker who is under the influence of alcohol or drugs is an accident waiting to happen.
If this nightmare scenario injured or killed your loved one, the law firm of Dempsey & Kingsland, P.C., will aggressively represent you in a lawsuit against the trucking company for maximum damages.
Missouri Drug Related Truck Wreck Attorneys
Drinking and drug use on the job are generally low among truck drivers — they know they can lose their CDL license, which would end their driving career. But in the aftermath of a truck accident, it is always a suspicion.
Law enforcement will test the driver if there is reason to believe that alcohol played a role in the crash, but they do not automatically test for all substances. If necessary, we can seek to have blood samples analyzed for other drugs.
Use of any intoxicant might be grounds for a negligence lawsuit, including:
- Marijuana, cocaine, meth or other street drugs
- Prescription narcotics, such as Oxycontin or Percocet
- High doses of (legal or illegal) stimulants
Our lawyers go a step further to look into the driver's history. Are there past convictions for DUI/DWI or drug possession? Past accidents? Was the employer aware of these offenses or negligent in hiring? We can also bring in accident reconstruction, toxicology and human factors experts if necessary to prove how the driver's judgment and reaction times were affected.
Once a trucker's impairment is established, we can go after the truck company for comprehensive damages for the medical, financial and personal impact. This is where our legal team, led by Lee Dempsey and Bob Kingsland, really can make a difference for our clients.
Kansas City Alcohol Related Accident Lawyer
Whether you suspect alcohol or drugs or have no idea what caused the truck crash, call us at 816-421-6868 for a free consultation. There are no attorney fees unless we secure compensation.